Harry Orlyk was born in Troy, New York in 1947. In 1971 after graduating college, he went on to graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Over the next nine years, he was influenced by several Nebraskan artists. “Still-life painter Robin Smith taught me how to use paint without turpentine – to paint from the tube.” He also admits the influence of photographer Lawrence McFarland who taught him what spiritual space was, and how to emphasize it. Lastly he credits well-known Lincoln painter Keith Jacobshagen with having impressed on hm the importance of routine. He currently resides with his family in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border. [Read more…]
George Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Van Hook’s painterly style follows in the tradition of the impressionists. Inspired by both a love of nature fostered by long hours painting “en plein air,” Van Hook paints with gusto and passion, bringing a freshness and immediacy to the rural scenes where he lives in upstate New York. [Read more…]
Leslie Peck, a New York native, was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. She then spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, before apprenticing in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Peck began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. While still sucessful in the publishing field, her love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings. [Read more…]
I am a ceramic artist working in up-state New York. After earning a degree in the Fine Arts I have spent the last 12 years studying and learning about pottery and ceramics, with the last 8 specific to wood-firing clay. In 2009 I built a community wood kiln I currently fire my work in. I have always been an object maker, and explored different materials with art and function in mind. For me the discovery of clay and its soul moved me to become a fuller person. [Read more…]
Takeyce Walter is truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and peacefulness in each piece.
“I spent most of my childhood moving back and forth across the United States. I can still remember the endless vistas from days of car travel. The beauty of the varied landscapes left a real impression on me. I gain inspiration from the change in season and the light of any given minute of the day. To paint landscapes I feel more connected to the world, and endless observation constantly informs my work. I tend to paint what is around me and as I live in an agricultural landscape that is what I paint.” [Read more…]
“Of course, I also am deeply moved by the majestic; the dramatic rivers and streams and mountains that are part of this landscape and the underlying abstract and spiritual components of this and any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination). I create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject at hand, searching for the unseen, not just the surface reality.” [Read more…]
American painter Eden Compton was born in Texas and raised in Connecticut. Eden and her NZ born husband, Richard, have settled in upstate New York after two decades of sailing and managing private charter boats in the Caribbean and throughout the US. Eden has a permanent studio and gallery in the Beekman Street Arts district of Saratoga Springs.
Anne Diggory has worked out of her studio in Saratoga Springs, New York, for almost 40 years. She is known for her combination of accurate detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure – an outgrowth of education at Yale and Indiana University and many years of exploring and painting the natural world. Her work has been seen in over 35 solo exhibitions and 75 group exhibitions in the United States, Panama and Germany.
Robert Moylan works masterfully in gouache. His panoramic landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. [Read more…]